Debiopharm International SA

IP Paralegal & Legal Assistant (60%)

Published: 19 June 2022 | 60%

Debiopharm is an independent biopharmaceutical company based in Switzerland with an ongoing commitment to research in oncology and infectious diseases in order to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Our main activities include drug development, drug manufacturing and digital health investment. Debiopharm International SA aims to develop innovative therapies that target high unmet medical needs. Our unique “development only” business model allows us to act as a bridge between disruptive discovery products and patient access in international markets. We first identify high-potential compounds for in-licensing, clinically demonstrate their safety and efficacy and then select large pharmaceutical commercialization partners to maximize patient access globally.

At Debiopharm you will be at the forefront of the fight against cancer and infectious diseases, and you will have the opportunity to work on new innovative medicines for patients. Efficiency is our mode of action, saving lives our collective target.



For our Legal Affairs & Intellectual Property (IP) department based at our Headquarters in Lausanne, we are looking for a


IP Paralegal & Legal Assistant (60%)

Your responsibilities will be but not limited to:

  • Management of Patent and Trademark files (both electronic and paper) & archives
  • Management of Patent & Trademark database, including bibliographic data & deadlines
  • Patent annuities & Trademark renewals follow-up
  • Various documents preparation for Patent and Trademark (assignment, correspondence to attorneys, e-filing, legalization of documents, INN…)
  • Support in Presentations preparation for IP and legal Counsels
  • Act as Legal & paralegal administrative assistant back up (vacation, days-off), especially in the preparation and process of Agreements, Letters of Authorization, Power of Attorney
  • Support in budget preparation and invoices follow-up
  • Various administrative support for the department (expenses processing, organization of meetings, monitoring agendas, phone & emails filtering and replies…)

Your profile

  • At least a Commercial Employee Training (CFC) or equivalent, combined with at least 5 years as Administrative Assistant in Intellectual Property and Paralegal in an international company.
  • A first experience in a Legal Firm is an advantage
  • IP paralegal experience in a pharmaceutical firm preferred
  • The understanding of Intellectual Property principles is needed (basic knowledge of WIPO - EP – IPI). CAS IP Paralegal a plus.
  • First experience with Intellectual Property management software
  • Fluent in English and French (written and oral);
  • Great capacity for organization, planning and priority management;
  • Responsiveness, initiative, stress resistant, motivated and ability to handle unexpected situations, great flexibility, openness;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Debiopharm offers employees:

  • International, highly dynamic environment with a long term vision.
  • Cross-functional collaboration at the forefront of the most advanced scientific developments in oncology and anti-bacterial industry
  • Exposure to a wide variety of areas and functions within clinical development and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Participation in a company where innovation, people and entrepreneurship are the fundamental keys to success.

The use of external staffing agencies or recruiters requires prior approval from our Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department at Debiopharm requests external staffing agencies or recruiters not to contact Debiopharm employees or members of the Board of Directors directly in an attempt to present candidates.

Submission of unsolicited resumes in advance of an agreement between the Human Resources Department and the external staffing agency or recruiter does not create any implied obligation on the part of Debiopharm.

Debiopharm will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates themselves for either current or future positions.